German Encounters with Modernism, 1840-1945

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"In German Encounters with Modernism, 1840-1945, Peter Paret traces the reception of modern art, from the 1840s through the Nazi era, through the lens of social and political developments in Germany. Addressing broad cultural topics, such as the early history of expressionism, the role of anti-Semitism in German reactions to modernism, the impact of the First World War on art, and the function of art as both a political target and a political weapon, the work also includes new interpretations of artists such as the sculptor Ernst Barlach. Based on wide-ranging archival research, the book combines a strong narrative approach with interdisciplinary analysis. It opens new perspectives on the history of German art in a critically important, and ultimately tragic, period of German history."--BOOK JACKET.
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"Cultural history at its best...a brilliant work." Art History

"In reflecting upon Paret's finely-crafted, elegiac explorations, one observes that his essays skillfully describe Germany's rich and contradictory engagement with aesthetic modernism." Central European History

"Concise, exact, richly historical...the nine essays enable us to understand works of art not only as historical documents, but as eminently political acts." Neue Zuericher Zeitung

"In all these essays, Paret's skill in combining stylistic analysis with socioinstitutional history, based on a wide variety of sources, is readers will find a rich, subtle, and illuminating work here." The Historian

"Peter Paret offers a fascinating portrait of German responses to German politics, social realities and cultural developments between 1840 and 1945." The Art Book Jan 2002

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521794565
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Adolph Menzel from Different Perspectives 7
2 Theodor Fontane and Max Liebermann - A Prussian Comparison 45
3 Modernism and the "Alien Element in German Art" 60
4 The Tschudi Affair 92
5 Revolutionary Continuities 119
6 The Great Dying - Notes on German Art, 1914-1918 133
7 Field Marshal and Beggar - Ernst Barlach in the First World War 144
8 "The Enemy Within" - Max Liebermann as President of the Prussian Academy of Arts 185
9 God's Hammer 202
Notes 229
A Note on Sources 251
Index 267
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